Lazio can close the gap on Serie A opponents Milan to five points and also have a game in hand as the race for the Champions League hots up. In the opposing camp, Zlatan Ibrahimovic has finally put pen to paper on a new deal to keep him at the club until June 2022.
Where and when: Stadio Olimpico, Rome – 26 April, kick-off 19:45
Where you can see Lazio vs. Milan: Premier Sports 1
Last time: The Rossoneri came out on top during the December five-goal thriller.
Lazio v Milan Predictions and Preview
Lazio are still in contention for a top four place but are reeling from their midweek hammering at the hands of Napoli. The Azzurri won 5-2, boosting their own bid in the process and there could be some changes to the hosts’ line-up.
Ciro Immobile is a certainty to start and it has been another productive campaign through on goal. The hotshot has struck on 22 occasions from 34 appearances and is 10/3 to break the deadlock. Joaquín Correa has partnered the Neapolitan in recent weeks but could drop to the bench with Felipe Caicedo or Vedat Muriqi coming in.
|Our Eurotips||Odds||Free bets||Bookie|
|Milan to win 2-1||10/1||Offer|
|Draw and both teams to score||10/3||Offer|
|Rafael Leao to score last||6/1||Offer|
The Ecuadorian fan favourite was a bargain €2.5m acquisition in 2017 and is probably the most compatible partner for Immobile. Caicedo is 7/4 to register anytime and Sergej Milinkovic-Savic can be found at 11/5.
The giant midfielder has rediscovered the form that made him a prime target for Manchester United, Chelsea and a host of other top outfits on the continent, and Claudio Lotito is bracing himself for bids this summer. Lazio are 5/4 to emerge triumphant and a share of the spoils is 5/2.
Milan will also attempt to bounce back at the first opportunity after losing to Sassuolo on Wednesday. Ibrahimovic is 15/4 to open proceedings and hopes Hakan Calhanoglu, Franck Kessie, Theo Hernandez and Gigio Donnarumma follow his lead in extending their contracts with the Italian giants.
Only Ibrahimovic has netted more than Kessie in the Rossoneri ranks this term and the ex-Atalanta ace is 11/4 to bag anytime. Calhanoglu is available at 3/1 and Paolo Maldini is doing everything possible to ensure his playmaker does not depart on a free transfer with Inter and Juventus on red alert. Ante Rebic is 6/1 to hit the last effort and the travelling party are 19/10 to claim victory.
One to watch for Lazio: Luis Alberto will link up with Milinkovic-Savic in the middle of the park and has licence to support the front two. The Spain international is 13/2 to score first.
One to watch for Milan: Mario Mandzukic made a positive impact against Genoa and is 6/1 to notch last. The well-travelled attacker will feature after the break and has impressed Stefano Pioli since arriving in the winter.
Long shot: Only three points separate Milan and fifth place Napoli and there is growing pressure on the Rossoneri to get a positive result in the Eternal City. Pioli’s squad have a daunting run in against Juventus, Atalanta and three teams battling for survival and a successful trip to Rome would be perfect preparation. A 3-0 outcome is 40/1.